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John Henry SLATER [3402]



      Sex: M
AKA: Jack SLATER, John Thomas SLATER
Individual Information
     Birth Date: 29 May 1893 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia 7061
    Christening: 
          Death: 5 Feb 1959 - Yallourn, Vic, Australia 7062,7063
         Burial: 8 Feb 1959 - Trafalgar, Vic, Australia

Events

Military: World War 1 service number 3256, 1914-1918.

Residence: 7 Mile Road, 1928-1959, Trafalgar, Vic, Australia.


Parents
         Father: Thomas SLATER [1274] (1853-1894) 
         Mother: Elizabeth Ashe SCOTT [1273] (1860-1897) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Annie MATTHEWS [3403] (1878 - 20 Jan 1967)
       Marriage: 1924 - , Victoria, Australia 5407
         Status: 

Notes
General:
Jack enlisted in the 23rd battalion 7th reinforcements on 22 July 1915. He embarked from Australia on 26 November 1915 on the "Commonwealth". He travelled via the Middle East to France. He was taken on strength to the 58th Battalion in March 1916 and was later attached to the 60th Battalion for a short time 1n 1916. He also seems to have spent some time in the 15th Machine Gun Company and was transferred to the 15th Field Ambulance as a driver in October 1916. He served in France from approximately 1916 - 1919. His service number was 3256. His name on his service record is recorded as John Thomas Slater. He returned home on the "Borda" in 1919 where he acted as a nurse. However he became ill on board the ship and had to be hospitalised himself.


Kyneton Guardian (Vic. : 1870 - 1880; 1914 - 1918) Sat 24 Feb 1917 Page 2 KYNETON SOLDIERS.
KYNETON SOLDIERS.
Several Kyneton soldiers have sailed for the front during the present week, including Private T. R. Darcy, of Simpson street, who enlisted in September last, and who has already three brothers at the front and one in the Army Medical Corps at Langwarrin. In the same boat with Private Darcy were Privates A. Orames. son of Mr and Mrs Orames of Hutton street, and Private Watt, of High street, both of whom belong to the railway unit. In the same transport also were Privates B. Lane, T. Maxwell and G. Schroeder, all of Kyne ton. Mrs Minogue. of Kyneton has received a cable message from her son, Private J. H. Minogue, announcing his safe arrival in England. The message was sent through Mr M. Minogue Under-Treasurer for Victoria, who is Private Minogue's uncle. Mrs Minogue has also received several letters posted by her son from Cape Town, in which he stated that they had had a good passage and that the Victorian troops were all in good health and spirits.
Private J. Slater, who is in the firing line in France, has written to his cousin. Mr. E. Slater, of Jennings street. In his letters Private Slater mentions several Kyneton soldiers he had recently met, all of whom were well at the time of writing. The names mentioned were J. Brennan. H. Olden. J. Oke. V. Davis and A. Dobinson. Joe Brennan, he said, was a bootmaker in the 57th Battalion, and was doing well. Private Slater, who wrote his letters in a dug-out in the firing line states that the frosts and snow were very' severe, but that he and his mate had a nice fire in their "home." He added that it gets dark over there at 4.30 p.m. in winter and that the daylight is not visible until 7 a.m. Private Slater is in the machine gun section.
Mr and Mrs John O'Hare of Wedge street, Kyneton, are anxiously awaiting news of their son Gerald, who was a wireless operator on board the Berrima, which was torpedoed in the English Channel on Sunday last. Mr and Mrs O'Hare have received no official information of any kind and are therefore hopeful that their son is safe.

The Gippsland ????? (possibly Mercury) February 12th 1959
Well Known Trafalgar Resident Passes

Mr Henry John Slater
A man by his sincerity and friendly approach had endeared himself to a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in this district, passed quitely away to his reward at the Yallourn Hospital on Thursday evening last. He was well known Ashby Street identity, John Henry Slater.

Aged 64 years at the time of his unexpected demise, the late Mr. Slater was born at Kyneton, and as a young man had answered his country's call to service from that centre. After some four years with the armed forces in Egypt and France he came to this area soon after his return to Australia, and for a few years worked at Yallourn where he was engaged in the excavation works going on there at the time. Later he drove a baker's delivery cart for the late Mr R Errington, in Trafalgar. Some few months afterwards he had ideas of branching out as a contractor with a motor truck but this plan had to be abruptly abandoned when on the very first day he met with a serious accident to his left arm and as a result spent the next three years with the limb encased in plaster.

At other times he spent short periods in various businesses at Moe, Trafalgar and Yarragon and finally from the outbreak of the 1939-45 War again took a position with the S.E.C. at Yallourn.

In 1951, after a severe bout of rheumatic fever he retired from work and spent much of his time at his two favourite hobbies - fishing and growing vegetables. In both these fascinating past-times he had much success and more than one of his acquaintances have heard to remark that no fish could be deemed safe once the deceased got on its trail. In district shows he gained exceptional success with the produce from his garden and in regard he was known practically from one end of the province to the other.

Of recent years he had enjoyed reasonably good health and was able to derive much entertainment from his endeavours on the bowling green.

Only a few weeks ago he suffered a heart affliction but appeared to make an excellent recovery, but on the Sunday prior to his death he was admitted to the Yallourn Hospital with a further illness and despite expert care and attention his condition worsened and he passed away as stated above.

In 1923 the deceased married Miss Annie Matthews, and a member of a well known and respected district family.

"Jack" as he was affectionately known to all, might well be termed to have been a member of the "old school" Fate was never very kind to him, for even in his very early infancy both his parents died. Later in his life his injury to the arm might well have caused him to lose spirit, but he was made of the right composition and accepted his reverses in a manner common to many of those who had been before him, and ever remained bright and cheerful.

Besides his widow, the deceased also leaves one sister, Katherine (Mrs. Bonham, of Queensland) and to them the sympathy of a host of residents and friends is extended.

The very large funeral to the Trafalgar Cemetery on Sunday was preceded by a service in the Trafalgar Methodist Church and there, as at the graveside, Rev. K. Smith was the officiating clergyman.

Members of the R.S.L. marched ahead of the cortege from the church to the railway crossing, whilst at the graveside the League's service was led by the sub-branch President, Mr. Geo. Evans.

The casket bearers were Messrs. Geo. and Bert Hollier, Stan Heywood and Wal Matthews.

Over 40 beautiful wreaths as well as many cards and telegrams were received. The funeral arrangements were conducted by Mr. H. E. Nelson of Trafalgar.

picture John Mackinder SLATER [7528]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *Harriet GIBBONS [7529] (       -       )
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Emma SLATER [7131] (1842-1933)


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Joseph SLATER [3631]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1837 - Liverpool, Lancashire, England
    Christening: 15 Nov 1838 - Liverpool, Lancashire, England 7064
          Death: 5 Oct 1916 - Wilcannia, NSW, Australia
         Burial: 6 Oct 1916 - Wilcannia, NSW, Australia 7065

Parents
         Father: Thomas SLATER [1325] (1809-1873) 
         Mother: Sarah SHANNON [1324] (1807-1859) 

Notes
General:
Joseph died at the Wilcannia Hospital and his occupation is listed as a labourer. His father is listed as Thomas Slater an Engineer and mother Sarah Shanning. He was not married.

The Worker (Wagga, NSW : 1892 - 1913) Sat 21 Mar 1896 Page 2 "WORKER" BUDGET.
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Another correspondent writes, calling attention to the unsatisfactory working of the Masters and Servants Act :-
I -would like to state through your valuable paper the need of being on the alert as to working for contractors. Fellow-Unionists, do not let your money run on with any contractor, unless you are sure he has a plant of his own or something out of which you can get your money when you have a verdict by law. I know most of us let our money run on when we see things going on all right ; but they can go on as right as you like, and then you can be wronged of your wages, for there is no law in New South Wales that can reach the wilfully dishonest contractor.
You must remember what a lot of us think - some that they can lay hold on bales of wool in which their labor is, others that the station can be held responsible for wages. Not so. All you can do is to get a verdict for the amount, and at the worst you can give him a fortnight's imprisonment in default of payment ; that is, if he has a wish to get it, but he can just go over the border and you cannot get a warrant to bring him back, Even if he would take the fortnight's imprisonment, it would pay him, as he would get more by so doing than he could by working for it. Note how the boys got on at Gnalta Station, at the woolwash, working for Hunter, of Victoria, who has let men in three years running. He goes away with, all the money. The men could get no more satisfaction than to know that he had washed 117 bales of wool, at 17s. per bale, in about 15 or 16 weeks. We could not find any way in which he could have expended such an amount. -The fact was, he drew the lot and sent it on before him. The manager of the station told me distinctly he was surprised when he heard the men were not paid, although it was no business of his. Unfortunately for us, the law is not just enough to make it a business of his. The station then kindly gave 5s. in the , which was left in the hands of the store keepers, who got away with most of the money. How the 5s. in the will go now with those who have not received 5s. in the no one knows. So, my boys, don't forget next season how the law stands, and be sure to draw your money, and advise your fellow-workers to do so, when you are working for a contractor. - Yours, -&C.,
Joseph Slater.
Wilcannia

picture Joseph Johnson SLATER [3459]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1870 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia 7066
    Christening: 
          Death: 16 Feb 1919 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia 7067,7068
         Burial: Feb 1919 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia 7068

Parents
         Father: John Benjamin SLATER [1307] (Abt 1830-1907) 2475 
         Mother: Caroline JOHNSON [1306] (Abt 1835-1909) 

Notes
General:
Joseph's occupation is given as farmer on his death certificate.

Joseph did not marry.

picture Kaia Alani SLATER [2792]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Shaun Leon SLATER [2782] 
         Mother: Victoria MIDDLETON [2785] 


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Kathleen Mary SLATER [12936]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1907 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia
    Christening: 
          Death: 1930 - , Victoria, Australia
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Ernest Ligouri SLATER [12934] (1884-1966) 6311 
         Mother: Annie Agnes QUINLAN [12935] (1880-1960) 


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Lorraine Helen SLATER [2780]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Mervyn John SLATER [2735] 
         Mother: Lesley Joan KEATING [2723] (1950-1988) 1626,2444 

Spouses and Children
1. *Jonathan DU-BOULAY [2783]


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Margaret SLATER [12573]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 2 Apr 1786 - , Lancashire, England 7069,7070
    Christening: 7 May 1786 - West Derby, Lancashire, England 7069,7070
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Benjamin SLATER [4090] (Abt 1761-1837) 1664 
         Mother: Jane JONES [12572] (Abt 1762-1801) 


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Mervyn John SLATER [2735]

      Sex: M

Spouses and Children
1. *Lesley Joan KEATING [2723] (12 Oct 1950 - 22 Sep 1988) 1626,2444 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Lorraine Helen SLATER [2780]
                2. Scott Andrew SLATER [2781]
                3. Shaun Leon SLATER [2782]


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Monica Annie SLATER [12937]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1909 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia
    Christening: 
          Death: 1992 - , Victoria, Australia
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Ernest Ligouri SLATER [12934] (1884-1966) 6311 
         Mother: Annie Agnes QUINLAN [12935] (1880-1960) 

Spouses and Children
1. *William James SHAW [12940]


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Reginald SLATER [3366]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Jun 1910 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia 7071
    Christening: 
          Death: 25 Nov 1910 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia 7072,7073
         Burial: 1 Dec 1910 - Booroondara, Vic, Australia

Parents
         Father: Uk [?] [8139] (      -      ) 
         Mother: Catherine Mary SLATER [1271] (1887-1976) 

Notes
General:
Reginald's mother Catherine Slater was living at Sutherland Street, Brunswick, at the time of Reginald's death.

picture Samuel SLATER [3634]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1842 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia 2475
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Thomas SLATER [1325] (1809-1873) 
         Mother: Sarah SHANNON [1324] (1807-1859) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Lucy Rosina PULLEN [12899] (4 May 1843 -       ) 3574,3575 
       Marriage: 29 Jul 1859 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia 3574
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Elizabeth SLATER [12902] (1860-1860)
                2. James SLATER [12903] (1863-      )

Notes
General:
I have been unable to find the birth registration of Samuel in Victoria, though he states on his marriage certificate that he was born in Victoria.

Samuel and Lucy were married at the United Presbyterian Church in Melbourne. Samuel gave his age as 21 and his parents as Thomas Slater and Sarah Shannon, both decd. His father's occupation is given as Engineer and his own birth place given as Heidelberg, Victoria. Lucy's age is given as 18 and her parents and Henry William Pullen and Emma Eliza Rose, both dec'd, her father's occupation given as Modeller and her place of birth given as London. Witnesses to the wedding were WIlliam Purcell, Deborah Lazarus and Charlotte Murray. Samuels address is given as Victoria Parade, Collingwood and his occupation is given as farm labourer. Lucy gives her occupation as domestic servant and her address as Gore Street, Collingwood. Although Samuel gives his age as 21 and Lucy as 18, it would appear that Samuel was probably around 18 years of age and Lucy was only 16. and they state that both parents are deceased, however it would appear this is also incorrect.


The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Mon 19 May 1862 Page 6
CITY POLICE COURT.
Desertion \emdash Samuel Slater was charged with deserting his wife, Lucy Slater, for the last six months, after ill-using her, and compelling her by the use of physical violence and beating to lead an abandoned life in order to support him in idleness. The consequence of his cruelty to and desertion of his wife had been that their two children had died of starvation. He was ordered to pay 15s a week towards her support for the next twelve months.


Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 - 1917) Mon 12 May 1862 Page 2
CASTLEMAINE POLICE COURT.
Samuel Slater was charged with deserting his wife and children, and was remanded to Melbourne, as the desertion was there charged.
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picture Sarah Jane SLATER [3454]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1859 - Gisborne, Vic, Australia 7074
    Christening: 
          Death: 24 Jul 1921 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia 7075,7076
         Burial: 26 Jul 1921 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia 7076

Parents
         Father: John Benjamin SLATER [1307] (Abt 1830-1907) 2475 
         Mother: Caroline JOHNSON [1306] (Abt 1835-1909) 

Spouses and Children
1. *William JONES [8] (       -       )
       Marriage: 1885 - , Victoria, Australia 4814
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. William John JONES [9603] (1887-1887)
                2. Charles Henry JONES [9604] (1889-1948)
                3. John William JONES [9605] (1891-1960)


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Scott Andrew SLATER [2781]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Mervyn John SLATER [2735] 
         Mother: Lesley Joan KEATING [2723] (1950-1988) 1626,2444 

Spouses and Children
1. *Karen Marie LYONS [2784]
       Children:
                1. Charmein Mary SLATER [2786]
                2. James Adam SLATER [2787]
                3. Chelsea Lesley SLATER [2788]
                4. Celine Elsie SLATER [2789]
                5. Jayden Michael SLATER [2790]


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Shaun Leon SLATER [2782]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Mervyn John SLATER [2735] 
         Mother: Lesley Joan KEATING [2723] (1950-1988) 1626,2444 

Spouses and Children
1. *Victoria MIDDLETON [2785]
       Children:
                1. Eden Elyse SLATER [2791]
                2. Kaia Alani SLATER [2792]


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Stephen SLATER [12951]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Francis Mannix SLATER [12939] (1919-2010) 
         Mother: Beryl Valerie HASSETT [12941] (Abt 1920-1989) 


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Thomas SLATER [1274]



      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 8 Aug 1853 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia 513
    Christening: 
          Death: 7 Jul 1894 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia 7077,7078
         Burial: 10 Jul 1894 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia

Parents
         Father: John Benjamin SLATER [1307] (Abt 1830-1907) 2475 
         Mother: Caroline JOHNSON [1306] (Abt 1835-1909) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Elizabeth Ashe SCOTT [1273] (27 May 1860 - 11 Jul 1897)
       Marriage: 3 Jun 1881 - Deniliquin, NSW, Australia
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Caroline Jane SLATER [3400] (1882-1900)
                2. Catherine Mary SLATER [1271] (1887-1976)
                3. Frances Victoria SLATER [3401] (1890-1960)
                4. John Henry SLATER [3402] (1893-1959)

Notes
General:
I am uncertain where the date of Thomas's birth came from, as I have not been able to find an official registration of birth for him, or his next sibling Eliza, however Thomas and Eliza are both mentioned on the subsequent birth registrations of their younger siblings.

Thomas Slater was quite short according to his prison record at 5' 0 1/2" in height, however, as he was only 15 and a half years of age when he was first imprisoned, perhaps he grew later on. He was 7st 2/12 ozs and had a fresh complexion, dark brown hair and grey eyes.

Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW : 1869 - 1954) Sat 23 Jan 1869 Page 2

His Honour Judge Macoboy opened the Echuca General Sessions yesterday morning, and disposed of nearly all the business on the criminal sheet. James Hackford and Thomas Slater, two very young lads, pleaded guilty to charges of horse-stealing, and other thefts, and were remanded for sentence. They will doubtless be ordered to a reformatory school this morning.

Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW : 1869 - 1954) Sat 23 Jan 1869 Page 2
James Hackford and Thomas Slater pleaded guilty to charges of having stolen two horses, bridles and saddles, the property of Hiram Smith, of Colbinabbin, and George Burke, of Shepparton. They were remanded until this morning for sentence. There were several other charges against the prisoners, who were very young.

Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW : 1869 - 1954) Wed 20 Jan 1869 Page 2 ECHUCA GENERAL SESSIONS CALENDAR.
James Hackford and Thomas Slater - larceny from a dwelling, also for horse-stealing, and for stealing a bridle and saddle.

Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW : 1869 - 1954) Wed 3 Mar 1869 Page 2 The Riverine Herald.
We learn with satisfaction that Sergeant Cleary has received a reward of 3 from the police authorities, for the valuable and arduous services rendered by him in securing the arrest and conviction of Thomas Slater and James Hackford, on a charge of horse stealing. Constables Balfour and Feely have each received 2 in recognition of their efforts in the same behalf.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Sat 27 Feb 1869 Page 4 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27,
To Sergeant first class John Cleary, at Echuca, McIvor, 3; and to Constables John Balfour, and Henry Patrick Feely, 2 each, for their services in the arrest and prosecution of Thomas Slater, sentenced to five years for stealing horses and saddles, and of James Hackford, sentenced to one month's imprisonment, and three years in a reformatory for the same offence.

Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918) Sat 6 Mar 1869 Page 10 THE TOWN.
Sergeant John Cleary, at Echuca and Mclvor, 3; and constables John Balfour Maud Henry Patrick Feely, 2 each for services in the arrest and prosecution of Thomas Slater, sentenced to five years for horsestealing ; and James Hackford, sentenced to a month's imprisonment and three years in a reformatory for the same offence.

Thomas was sentenced to 5 years hard labour on 23 January 1869. He was only 15 years old. He seems to have spent his time at Pentridge and Geelong prisons during this period. Thomas seems to have been in quite a bit of trouble in his time in prison and in Feb 1873 he is charged with attempted sodomy whilst still in prison. He was given a further 2 years in prison with 2 whippings of 20 lashes on the first and six months next ensuing. He was released from prison on 7 September 1875 by remission.

No record of Thomas and Elizabeth's marriage can be found to date. It is said to be 1882 on one child's birth certifciate and 1881 on another, the 31st of June is consistent on both.

Thomas seems to have remained out of trouble for some years but on 29 May 1888 he is sentenced to 12 months hard labour for false pretences at Castlemaine.

The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900 Tue 15 Nov 1887 Page 3 THE ALLEGED STICKING UP IN BODKIN STREET.

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THE ALLEGED STICKING UP IN BODKIN STREET.
At the police court on Saturday afternoon, before Mr O'Meara, P. M, the evidence for the defence was taken in the case of Alexander McCarron, charged with having entered the house of Thomas Slater on the night of the 6th November, or the morning of the 6th with intent to commit a felony. Mr Godwin appeared for the prisoner.

The case for the prosecution was reported in Saturday's issue. Patrick Quinn said he was a contractor, residing at Kyneton. Remembered Saturday, 5th inst. Remembered meeting Thomas Slater on that day at Broderick's Hotel, in the evening. Had a conversation with him about work, as I had a contract that day from the shire council. Told him I would give him 3s 6d a chain to make drains. Mr Broderick was present. After seeing Slater there he and I left together. He had a belly of beer with him. I was going home, and when we got to the corner above Good's shop in High Street, Slater invited me to his house. When I got near the house, saw the prisoner and his brother James within five yards of the door. Slater said to them, " You'd better come in and have a drink of the beer. "Went into the house, and prisoner and his brother came in too and stood in the passage. There was no light there at time. I and Jim McCarron had beer, but prisoner had none. Could not tell who passed the beer. Do not think Slater was present when the beer was drunk. Think he was away for a candle. Did not see Slater there. Slater had said there was no light and he was going for a candle. Drank my beer out of a cup ; James M'Carron handed it to me. Left the place after having the beer, prisoner and his brother accompanying me. They left me to go home, about 100 yards from their own house, and I went home. Was at Slater's house on Sunday about half-past 1. Saw the prisoner's brother, Reardon, the prisoner, and Slater there. All were talking in an old shed together, and appeared to be on friendly terms. Slater had his coat off and wanted to fight some neighbor. Prisoner and his brother were persuading him not to fight on Sunday. The reason I went to Slater's house on Sunday was to tell him that I would not be able to put him on to work till Tuesday. The house did not appear one that anyone would be likely to rob. Slater asked him for 6d to buy bread. Gave it to him. Cross-examined : Was back and forward to the council chambers several times on Saturday.

Had three drinks up to dark that day. Had a couple of glasses after dark. Do not know what time it was when I went to Slater's. I was sober enough then to know what I was doing. The time might be a couple or three hours after dark ; I think it was between 10 and 11. Could not tell who was in Slater's room. Only was in the passage that night. The beer and cup were brought into the passage by James McCarron. Do not know what room he brought them from. He came, I think, from the room on the right, going in. Slater went into the house first, followed by myself, prisoner, and his brother. Prisoner stood in the passage with me, and Jas. McCarron went in and got the beer. Know Mrs Slater. Do not know if Mrs Slater was in the room where the beer was brought from. The room was the nearest the street. Have had no conversation with the prisoner about the evidence given by me here to-day. Neither did I speak to any one else about it. Did not speak to the prisoner, his brother or Reardon about the case on Sunday. Knew nothing about it then. Jas. McCarron served me with the summons as witness and I had no conversation with him then. Do not know how it was that the evidence to be given here to-day was put on paper I only say what I saw and heard myself. Spoke to the prisoner and his brother yesterday, but only bade him the time of day.

To the Bench -. Did not speak to them about the case. Cross-examination continued: Had no drink with the prisoner or his brother today or yesterday in any hotel or any other place. Was not in the Shamrock Hotel to-day drinking with prisoner, his brother, and Reardon. Was not there at all today.

William Roderick, a publican carrying on business in Kyneton, deposed: I knew Slater and prisoner; saw Slater last Saturday, the 5th, in my hotel. Prisoner and his brother were with him. To the best of my opinion, the time was between 9 and 10 o'clock. They had drinks together in the bar, prisoner paying for them. Think prisoner paid for two rounds. Would not swear that prisoner s brother did not pay for any drinks. They appeared to be on friendly terms. Heard Slater ask prisoner and his brother to his place. They left a minute or two after. Slater came back to my hotel after leaving with prisoner and his brother-about 11. 15. Quinn was not in the house when Slater came back, but they were in together before coming with the two McCarrons. When Slater came back after leaving with the McCarrons, he came back for 6d worth of beer, which I served to him in a black billy.

Cross-examined: The McCarrons and Slater left the hotel between 9 and 10 o'clock. When Slater went away after seeing Quinn he did not take any beer with him. Re-examined : When Slater was in with Quinn, he had not a billy with him, James McCarron, brother of the prisoner, deposed : On the 5th November saw Slater opposite the shire hall, about 2 o'clock p. m, went to the Hotel with the prisoner, Quinn, Macaulay and his son. Slater came in afterwards, After this, saw Slater near the Mechanics. I, the prisoner, and Macaulay, went up to Patterson's Hotel, in High Street, and Slater followed us into the hotel, where we were talking together. At the hotel, Macaulay paid prisoner and me our wages in cash. Previous to this prisoner shouted for Slater and himself. Slater must have known of the money paid by Macaulay. While in Patterson's, Slater asked me to come up and have supper at his place. Refused the invitation. ' W. Broderick, recalled; Slater twice asked prisoner to go to his place while in my hotel. Prisoner made no reply. Slater and the McCarrons went to the door. It was raining at the time, and prisoner said, "We'll go back and have another drink. " They came back and had a drink each,

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Slater said, "the best thing you can do Alec is to come up to my place. " Prisoner made no reply. Slater said, " Will you come : and prisoner answered, " I will. " They then left, but Slater did not take prisoner by the arm.

James McCarron, recalled; After leaving Patterson's we went to Broderick's where we had two drinks each for which prisoner paid. Broderick served. While in Broderick's Slater asked prisoner to go to his place and previous to this, when on the path outside Patterson's, Slater made a similar request. Prisoner refused once, and Slater caught him by the arm and asked him again. Eventually we did go to Slater's at about 11 o'clock. There was no light in Slater's. Slater entered the house and we followed him. When we were inside Slated tried to lock the door, and asked if I'd lock it. I struck a match and lit a candle.

There was only one room. Mrs Slater was in the room, in bed. Slater said, "Can't we rise some beer?" and showed a shilling . I said, I'll shout" and gave him half a crown telling him to get 1s 6d worth of beer. Slater took an old billy-can, and went for the beer. While Slater was away the candle burnt out, and prisoner then left the room. I asked Mrs Slater if there were more candles, and she replied " No. " Heard some people coming up, and I went to the door and saw Slater and Quinn. Slater returned me a shilling. I told Slater there was no candle, and gave him a penny to get one. The beer was drunk in the passage of the house. I had some of the beer, drinking from the billy, and then handed Quinn the billy to get a drink. Prisoner, Quinn, and I went away. I got home first, and prisoner in about 20 minutes or half an hour after me. Prisoner and I sleep in the same room. I got home about 11. 30. Prisoner did not go out of the house again that night. Our house is about 100 yds from Slater's.

Prisoner was in bed before me. If shots had been fired near Slater's before prisoner came home I could have heard them. The 5th November was Guy Fawkes'Day. Heard no crackers being let off. Next morning Dan Reardon and Slater came to my house. In consequence of what Reardon said, I went to Slater's house, prisoner following. In the presence of the prisoner. Slater said "see the missus " (meaning' "his wife). We did see her and she said, there would be no more about the case. Prisoner and Mrs Slater afterwards had a chat together, and they appeared to be friendly. After the case was settled, I went home, and after this met the prisoner. Slater, and Dan Reardon down the town, walking together in Mollison Street We went back to Slater's together, reaching there about 12 or 1 o'clock, all being friendly. Slater wanted to fight a neighbor named Lane and prisoner and Reardon stopped him. Slater said " Lane was the cause of it all (meaning what occurred during the night).

Cross-examined: On the Saturday I had six or seven drinks, mostly glasses of beer one pint. Had the first beer about 11 a. m. Am quite sure I had not ten drinks, but might have had one or two more than six. Quinn had two or three drinks with me. If Mrs Slater swears that I and the prisoner never entered her room that night, that will be false. If Quinn swears that I went into the room at Slater's and brought him out a cupful of beer into the passage that will not be true. I know the revolver produced. I bought I it for 6d, six or seven years ago. It has been lying about the house, and prisoner could get it at any time. To my knowledge the revolver was loaded last about four years ago, after which a couple of shots were fired from it. I swear positively three revolver shots were not fired near Slater's house on the night in ques tion. It could not have been fired off near that place or I would have heard it. I will not swear prisoner had not the revolver with him. To Mr O'Meara: I do not know where the revolver was at the time in question. Witness: Powder and shot are not kept in the house.

The conversation with Slater in Mollison Street on Sunday afternoon was opposite Giles'. We were in the Town Hall Hotel on the Sunday. Slater was not given any money there. We had a " kind of refreshment" in the Town Hall Hotel, We had beers, for which " Alec " (prisoner) paid. Slater, Reardon, and I gave 6d each, and Alec (prisoner) Said " Give the lot to me, and I'll shout. " Prisoner handed the money for the drinks to Mrs Barnes. "It is not correct that prisoner gave Slater a 2s piece to pay for the drinks. It is in correct that Mrs Slater said her husband had seen the sergeant about the case. I have been once to Slater's to try and get the matter settled, and they said it was settled. Slater never said he had been down to the sergeant Daniel Reardon corroborated the evidence of the witness McCarron in respect to what occurred after seeing Slater at McCarron's on the Sunday morning, and said that prisoner and Mrs Slater shook hands, as did the prisoner and Slater, after the interview. Cross-examined: Had no conversation with prisoner and his brother about the row at Slater's.

Went to Slater's because he brought me there to settle the affair, Prisoner has been often in my company, but not lately. Never saw the revolver in prisoner's possession. - (The witness corroborated the evidence of SIater and the witness McCarron with reference to getting drink ; at the Town Hall Hotel on the Sunday, and said he believed Slater paid the money for the drinks. ) I did not pay 6d in towards the drink, but James McCarron did. Never interfered to settle the matter between the prisoner and Slater. Was not in a hotel this (Friday) morning with prisoner and Quinn.

George Lane, blacksmith, a neighbor of Slater's, living about 30 or 40 yards away, deposed that on the night is question he heard no discharge of firearms about 11 or 12 o'clock, though he was at home and was not asleep. Was not on friendly terms with Slater, who is a perfect nuisance.

Cross-examined: Several shots might have been fired about 12. 30 that night This was the case for the defence. The prisoner reserved his defence, and was committed for trial at the Kyneton General sessions on the 22nd inst. Bail was allowed as before.

The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1860 - 1938) Fri 13 Sep 1889 Page 26
A STRANGE AFFAIR.
The Guardian relates the following strange incident:-" On Friday last, a young man named Thomas Slater, who has previously been convicted for uttering a valueless cheque, visited Kyneton, and during the day appears to have indulged in a drinking bout. In the afternoon be presented himself at the hospital in an excited state, and gained an audience of Dr. Fetherstonhaugh, the resident surgeon, to whom he represented that his brother Charley was dead.
As the doctor had recently been treating Charley at the hospital for a pulmonary complaint, the announcement did not cause him much surprise. He thereupon entered into conversation with the narrator concerning the death of his brother. Slater, in plaintive tones, gave an accurate description of the death-bed scene, and implored the doctor to give him a certificate of his brother's death, in order that he would be in a position to make arrangements for the obsequies. The doctor-good easy mind-believed every word the scoundrel had told him, and, without hesitation, wrote out the certificate and handed it to Slater. He then visited the residence of Miss Conway, the registrar of births and deaths, and presenting the certificate, obtained the usual registration of his brother's death. He next visited the establishment of Mr. T. W. Ross, the undertaker, in High-street, to make arrangements for the coffin and hearse. Mr. Ross, however, declined to negotiate with him, and shortly afterwards it was ascertained that Charles Slater was not dead, and that Thomas had imposed upon the doctor and registrar. A warrant was issued for his arrest in due course.
On Friday night, in the company of his little girl, Slater left Kyneton by the 10 o'clock coach for Langley,- where his parents reside. He arrived at his destination about 11 o'clock, and after some conversation with his parents gained admittance for himself and child. As he and his parents are not on friendly terms, they were disinclined to shelter him for the night. After some persuasion, however, they consented to his remaining till the following morning, and, in order that he might commit no misdeed while there, his poor aged father sat up all night lo watch him. Early on Saturday morning the offender took his departure, and was arrested the next day for making the false declaration, and was brought before the police court. The prisoner pleaded guilty to the charge, and was remanded. His offence is one of the most singular that has ever occurred in the district, and he can advance no reason why he should have been guilty of such unjustifiable conduct, by which he had nothing to gain."
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The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900) Thu 27 Oct 1887 Page 3 Advertising
N O T I C E .
I DESIRE to Notify to TRADESPEOPLE of Kyneton and district that I will not be responsible for any Debts contracted by my brother. Thomas Slater (who has not been a member of our household since 14 years of age):
JOHN BENJAMIN SLATER, Jnr.,
Langley, 25th October, 1887.

The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900) Thu 24 Nov 1887 Page 2 GENERAL SESSIONS.
GENERAL SESSIONS.
KYNETON- Tuesday, November 22.
Before Mr Hamilton, Chairman.)
FELONIOIUS INTENT
Alexander McCarron appeared to answer a charge of having on the night of the 6th November entered the house of Thomas Slater, Kyneton, with intent to commit a felony.

Mr McInerney (Mr Godwin) appeared for the prisoner, who pleaded ' not guilty." The following jury was empannelled: -
Messrs R. McGrane (foreman) Jas Orr, R. Bloomfield, R. Fanning, A. Rae, M. Tyrrill, R. J. McLelland, G. Knight, F. Taylor, S. Maskell, W. R. Appleford, and J.Pechy.

The case was fully reported in the OBSERVER of the 12th and 15th insts. Dr Mclnerney took the objection that the presentment was not specific. The Crown Prosecutor amended the presentment by defining the felony intended to be committed as larceny of goods.

The charge against the prisoner was that about 12.30 a.m. on the 6th inst the prisoner uttered Slater's house and demanded' a shilling, at the same time presenting a revolver at Slater, subsequently threatening to blow out Slater's brains if he touched anything on the table. The prisoner was got out of the house by Mrs Slater, and a few moments afterwards the Slaters heard three shots fired, later in the day friends of the prisoner endeavored to have the matter squared.

Evidence for the prosecution was given by Thomas Slater, who was cross-examined with the view of showing that on the night in question he had drunk so much that he actually did not know what had transpired.

The witness gave his evidence under cross examination in a contradictory style, and admitted having been twice convicted. Elizabeth Slater, his wife, repeated the evidence given by her at the police court, and adhered to it consistently. She also swore that on the night in question her husband was able to take his boots off before going to bed, and that the prisoner conducted himself in a manner which showed that he knew what he was doing.

Constable McCarthy repeated his evidence in reference to finding at the prisoner's residence the revolver, which bore indications of three barrels having been recently discharged. Two other barrels were loaded. The charge in one barrel was a small quantity of powder and some paper; in the other, about 13 shot and sufficient powder to propel the charge.

Sergeant Young corroborated Constable McGarthy's evidence, and swore that three barrels of the revolver, when secured, bore signs of having been recently discharged. Margaret Rogers, who resides about 300 yards from Slater's house, deposed that on the night in question, after she had gone to bed, she heard two shots. This witness is a tenant of the prisoner's father Dr McInerney asked His Honor whether there was any case to go to the jury.

His Honor replied that there was. There was evidence that the prisoner had entered Slater's house and demanded a shilling, at the same time presenting a revolver.

Patrick Quinn, William Broderick, and James McCarron, repeated their evidence in the police court, which went to show that Slater, the prisoner, and the last mentioned witness, had been drinking freely together. In cross-examination James McCarron said that he went to Slater's, once to settle the case because he did not want his name mixed up with the charge, and afterwards admitted an acquaintance with Mr John Maloney, Mr Pat Maloney, and Mr Dan Reardon, Mr John Reardon. Daniel Reardon repeated his previous evidence.

Dr McInerney then addressed the jury. He said the case was a trumpery one and should never have been brought before a court of justice, or submitted to a judge or jury. He commented upon the previous good character of the prisoner and the contradictory evidence given by Slater and his wife for the prosecution, whilst the evidence given for the defence was confirmatory and conclusive., It was clear that Slater had invited prisoner to his house, and that the whole affair was a drunken freak. Supposing the prisoner had actually entered the house as stated by Slater, he could not have put Mrs Starter in such bodily fear, or she would not have had the presence of mind to get up and shove him out. In concluding he contended that Slater brought the charge against the prisoner with the intention, if possible, to extort money out of prisoner and his brother, as he knew they were in good circumstances, being contractors.

He did not think for a moment that a jury of rational men would find the prisoner guilty and have him convicted as a criminal of the deepest dye.

Mr Johnston reviewed the evidence of the case for the prosecution and defence, and submitted that the evidence of Slater and his wife was satisfactory, and there was nothing in it to show that they concocted the case. On the other hand the evidence of some of the witnesses for the defence was most contradictory, especially that of James McCarron's. He hoped that they would not treat the case as a trivial one, but review the evidence ,in a rational manner, and bring in a verdict for the Crown if they thought the prisoner guilty of the heinous charge with which he stood indicted.
His Ho nor reviewed the whole of the evidence, and strongly summed up in the prisoner's favour, as he thought the evidence for the prosecution was very weak.

There were slight discrepancies between the statements of Slater and his wife. If there was any doubt in their minds as to whether the prisoner entered the dwelling house of Slater with the intention of perpetuating a felony, the prisoner was entitled to that doubt.

The jury retired for the space of three minutes and then returned with a verdict of ''not guilty.". The. prisoner was therefore discharged.

The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900) Sat 25 Feb 1888 Page 2 POLICE. POLICES KYNETON. -Thursday, February 23.
(Before Mr H. Rawson, J. P. )
DRUNK, &C. John Curran, on the complaint of Constable Mooney, was charged with three offences, drunk and disorderly, obscene language, and resisting the police. On the first two offences he was fined 5s for each, and 10s for the latter, and the fines were paid.
John Flannery and Thomas Slater were charged by Constable - Rasmussen with drunkenness, and fined 5s with the alternative of 24 hours.
The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900) Sat 28 Apr 1888 Page 2 POLICE.
POLICE.
KYNETON-Friday, April 27.
(Before Messrs Armstrong, Blencowe, and Bennie, Js. P. )
FALSE PRETENCES.
Thomas Slater, remanded from Woodend, was charged with having at Kyneton, obtained money by false pretences - A valueless cheque. Senior-Constable Dwyer asked for a remand for eight days, to enable search to he made for another man concerned in the offence. The prisoner said he had nothing to say against a remand, but he was not guilty.
The Bench offered to discharge the prisoner at once if he could prove his innocence. The prisoner said the cheque was filled up before he saw it. He had put his name on the back because he had been asked to witness it.
Senior-constable McWilliams, of Woodend, deposed that he met the prisoner at "Woodend,' on Wednesday night, about 11 30 o'clock, Mid challenged him with the offence. Prisoner denied it, but on the road to the lock up said "There's no use denying it. I am the man. " To the prisoner: I asked you for the description of the other man, and if you knew who signed the cheque. You told me you signed your name as witness.
To the Bench: The prisoner described the other man who is wanted, and who has been seen about Newham lately. The prisoner was remanded till Friday next.


The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Wed 30 May 1888 Page 6 CASTLEMAINE GENERAL
Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918) Sat 2 Jun 1888 Page 21 CASTLEMAINE GENERAL ASSIZES

CASTLEMAINE GENERAL
SESSIONS.
FROM our own CORRESPONDENT
CASTLEMAINE, Tuesday.
At the General Sessions held here to-day Judge Chomley presided. Mrs. Wagstaff, who was charged with manslaughter, was remanded to the Sandhurst Assizes to be held on 19th June, as the court had no jurisdiction in such, cases. Thomas Slater, who was charged with obtaining money by false pretences in passing a fraudulent cheque, was sentenced to 12 months' hard labor in the Sandhurst gaol.

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The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900) Sat 12 May 1888 Page 3 THE VALUELESS CHEQUE BUSINESS.
THE VALUELESS CHEQUE BUSINESS.
At the police court yesterday morning before Messrs Ewing and Elliott . J's. P. , Thomas Slater, a well known resident of this locality, was charged with having on the 16th March last obtained money and goods to the value of 1 15s from William Heffernan, of the Shire Arms Hotel, High Street.

Sargeant Young conducted the prosecution the prisoner was undefended.

M. K Armstrong, newspaper proprietor residing at Kyneton, deposed : On the 16th March last the prisoner in company with another man who gave the name of Brookes came to my shop and asked for a blank cheque on the National Bank. Brookes also made the request. I did not know either of the men, and asked Brookes his name. He said it was Brookes: that he was a farmer at Moorabbie. I asked where that place was and the prisoner answered, that it was near to McIvor. I then asked Brookes if he had a banking account, and he said he had an account at Sandhurst. I said "You're a stranger to me. can you mention the name of any respectable person here who knows you ? He said that Mrs Adams of Newham was his sister. I then gave Brookes a blank cheque. He asked me to fill up the body of it for him. I asked Brookes how much he wished it drawn for and he replied " Five pounds. " I 'asked him in whose favor he wished it drawn and he asked me to fill it up, "Self" I did so and gave him the cheque which he signed in my presence. The cheque produced is the same one.

There are two figures 5. 1 only wrote the figure close up to the . One 5 has been added since 1 filled up the cheque. Dried the cheque on the blotting paper and on finally handing it back the prisoner held out his land to receive it, but I said "Oh. no it's not yours. " I gave, the cheque to Brookes who gave me a penny for it. Both men left the shop together. On 21st March the prisoner came to my shop alone and asked me if I remembered giving a man a blank cheque on the previous Friday. l said, "I do; l filled it up for him. " Then he said "There's something wrong with that cheque. Will you come up and see Mr Heffernan of the Shire Arms about it?" I said, "No if Mr Heffernan desires to see me about it let him come down to me. I have nothing to do with him. " I also said to prisoner "What is your interest in the cheque?" He replied "I had worked for Brookes doing some fencing. Brookes is a farmer at Morrabbie. " I asked him whether his account for fencing came exactly to 5 and he answered "No, it was a few shillings over, but I did not get the few shillings. " I told him he had better bring down Heffernan to me. He did so Heffernan told me in the prisoner's presence that the cheque had been passed upon him by the prisoner and Brookes; that he had paid it in to his account and that it had been returned to him discredited. I advised Heffernan to take the prisoner with him and lay the matter before the sergeant of police. They both then left. The prisoner asked no questions.

William Heffernan, licensee of the Shire Arms Hotel, Kyneton, deposed: On the 16th of March last the prisoner called at my place between 7 and 8 o'clock in the evening. Another man whom I did not know, and whom I have not since seen being with him. The prisoner handed me the cheque and the other man said "It's alright" The cheque was produced is the same I told them I did not care about cashing cheques. Prisoner asked me to give him 1 on it, which I did, giving him silver. Before giving him the money I asked him to endorse it. Gave prisoner a pen and he wrote his name on the back. They then had drinks. In a few minutes after prisoner came back and asked me for 6s more, which I gave him. During the same evening prisoner got drinks to the value of 9s, making l 15s in all.

Prisoner said the money, and payment for the drinks, were to be deducted from the cheque, which I could cash at any of the banks. On the 19th March l paid the cheque into the Bank of Victoria, Kyneton for collection; The cheque was returned to me a few days after as valueless and marked "No account. " A few days after this the prisoner came to my place and asked if the cheque was right, and I told him it was not and that he knew very well it was not. Prisoner then said, " Come on down to Mr Armstrong's. " I went with him and prisoner said, "Your money will be all right. You won't lose your money. Mr Armstrong had some conversation with the prisoner, and eventually advised me to see the police about the matter. I did so, bringing prisoner with me. To prisoner: You handed the cheque to me and put your name on the back. I gave the money to you and the other man. Some of the silver fell on the floor and you both scrambled for it and picked it up between you.

Sergeant Young deposed:
On the 21st March the last witness and the prisoner came to the police station in reference to the cheque. The last witness handed me the cheque, and said that he had given the prisoner money and drinks to the amount of 1 15s for the cheque which had been returned to him marked " No account. " I asked the prisoner how he had become possessed of the cheque, and he said he had obtained it for fencing he had done for the man Brookes who had signed it. and who was a former at Moorabbie. I questioned him about the locality, and told him I would have enquiries made through the Heathcote police. Prisoner agreed to call at the station on the Friday following to hear the result. He did not do so, and I did not see him again until he was in custody. I told him the Heathcote police could not find any such farmer at Moorabbie as "E. Brookes," and asked how he became acquainted with them. Prisoner said he met him at the Albion Hotel. Kyneton, on the 16th March, and that they went together to Mr Armstrong's, obtained a cheque, and subsequently had it cashed at Mr Heffernan's Hotel. I asked him how he came to make the statement that he had been fencing for this man at Moorabbie, knowing that the man was not a farmer there. Prisoner replied, "I'll plead guilty to the cheque so far as I am concerned. "

The man Brookes has not yet been found. To the prisoner: You told me that Brookes owed you 5 5s for fencing and that you owed him 5s for a bet. Mounted-constable Dwyer, of Heath cote, deposed : I have been stationed at Heathcote for 17 years, and know the Moorabbie district well. It is 10 miles from Heathcote. It is my sub-district, and I am continually travelling round the locality. There is no farmer of the name of " E. Brooke" living in that district, nor has there been for the past 17 years. There is one farmer named George Brook at Moorabbie. I do not know the prisoner.

Edwin Jolly, clerk in the National Bank of Australasia at Sandhurst, deposed : The cheque produced came to me at the bank for payment. I dishonored it on the 20th March, answering it " No account. " No person named "E. Brookes" had an account at the bank at that date, and as far as I can discover there never has been an account at the bank in that name or in the name of E Brooke. Senior-constable -McWilliams, of Woodend, deposed: I arrested the prisoner on the 25th April about 11. 30 p. m. , at Woodend on the charge of obtaining money under false pretences. He then denied being the man wanted, but on the way to the lock-up said, " There's no use in denying it ; I am the proper man. Brookes: signed the cheque, and I put my name on the back. " This concluded the case for the prosecution.

The prisoner reserved his defence, and was committed for trial at the Castlemaine General Sessions on the 29th inst. Bail was fixed at 200-the prisoner in 100, and two sureties in 50 each.

Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918) Thu 31 May 1888 Page 2 CASTLEMAINE.
Thomas Slater pleaded guilty to a charge of having passed a forged cheque at Kyneton, and was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment in the Castlemaine gaol.

Then in October 1889 he was again sentenced to gaol

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Sat 19 Oct 1889 Page 10 FALSE DECLARATION.
FALSE DECLARATION. .

Thomas Slater, charged with making a false declaration, withdrew his former plea of "not guilty " and pleaded guilty. The evidence showed that prisoner went to the office of Miss Ellen Conway, deputy registrar of births and deaths at Kyneton, and producing a medical certificate registered the death of his brother, who, however, was not dead at all. Prisoner acknowledged a previous conviction, and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918) Fri 18 Oct 1889 Page 3 SANDHURST COURT OF ASSIZE.
PLEADINGS.

Thomas Slater pleaded " Not guilty" to making a false declaration to the deputy registrar of births and deaths at Kyneton on 23rd August last.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Sat 26 Oct 1889 Page 12 SANDHURST.
A batch of prisoners was sent to Pentridge to day from the Sandhurst Gaol, which included William McCarron, sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for manslaughter in connection with the death of his and his daughter's child at Kaarimba, James Powell, sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment for cattle-stealing ; Thomas Slater, sentenced to one year's imprisonment for making a false declaration at Kyneton ; and Patrick Finn, a larrikin, who is serving a nine months' sentence for assaulting the police and street rowdyism.

The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900) Sat 17 Jan 1891 Page 2 POLICE.
P O L I C E . '
KYNETON. '97Friday, January 16.
(Before Mr M. K. Armstrong, J.P.)
OBSCENE LANGUAGE.
Thomas Slater was charged on summons with having used obscene language in Piper Street on the 8th inst. He pleaded, guilty, but asserted ignorance of the occasion of the charge.
Constable Gutcher deposed that he took proceedings on account of several complaints made to him, but he did not hear any of the Ianguage complained of.

Charles Slater, brother of the defendant, one of those who had complained to Constable Gutcher, deposed to the language used towards him by defendant. (The language was unfit for reproduction.)

Randolph Pearce gave similar evidence and deposed that defendant persisted in attempts " to kick up a row " with the previous witness. He ordered defendant away. Defendant did go away, but returned and wanted witness to fight him for five minutes. Witness was not agreeable, and the fight did not take place.

This was the case for the prosecution. The defendant said it was very hard to be punished because his family would not let him alone. His mother came to his place and called him a "Pentridge bird."
Fined 10s or 48 hours' imprisonment...........................

In a separate prison record prisoner 8441 - 22553 states that on 20 April 1893 Thomas was charged with Vagrancy under the name Thomas Salter in Maryborough and was sentenced to 3 months hard labour, but I have been unable to find any other mention or newspaper articles on this. In this document it states Thomas's height as 5' 4".

In 1883 Thomas was listed as a horse breaker, and in 1887 as a labourer. No record of this marriage can be found. It is said to be 1882 on one child's birth certificate and 1881 on another, the 31st of June is consistent on both.

It appears that Thomas was of an intemperate man. His wife states that he was. She also stated that they had been living in Kyneton for 6 years at the time of his death. She says she had been living with him for 13 years "when he was not in gaol". On the day of his sister Edith's wedding 25th June 1894, he went to Barry's hotel in Kyneton. There was some kind of altercation with his brother Joseph and possibly his new brother in law Henry Parsell. In Joseph Slater's statement he comments that he and his brother were not on speaking terms and had not been for some time.

The letter by the Kyneton Police dated 17 July 1894, sent to the Chief Commissioner of Police states that "all of the persons who were about the Royal hotel on the night of the 25th of June where the deceased met with the injuries that subsequently caused his death were called and examined, and although the evidence of nearly every witness who was there points more or less to the deceased's brother, Joseph Slater, being the person who gave the blow that caused the fracture, not one of them will state positively that he did strike deceased. I entertain but little doubt about it myself, but I do not think the evidence would warrant the police in bringing him before the court".

Sometime between his arriving at the hotel and his arrival at home on that night he sustained a head injury (possibly inflicted by his brother). He went to hospital the next day but discharged himself. For the next few days he went to the hospital to have his wound re-dressed and appeared to be improving, but several days later he became worse and spent the 6th of July in bed. He became paralysed down one side of his body and was returned to hospital about 3pm on Saturday 7th July where he died some hours later.

Although Thomas's previous antics with the law had been well reported in the newspapers of the day, I have so far found no mention of his death.

The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900) Tue 17 Jul 1894 Page 2 MAGISTERIAL ENQUIRY. MAGISTERIAL ENQUIRY,
How Thomas Slater Died. At the Kyneton Hospital on the morning of Monday, July 9, Mr J. E. Andrews, J. P. , opened a magisterial enquiry touching the death of Thomas Slater, who was admitted to the hospital on the previous Saturday, and who died shortly after admission. Dr J. H. Pestell deposed that the deceased was taken to the hospital on his recommendation. He was suffering from some ???? the right side. Made a post mortem examination, and found a large clot filling the whole of the right hemisphere of the brain and compressing it. Found a small fracture on the upper wall of the orbit on the right side. Witness' opinion was that death had been caused by secondary haemorrhage from the effects of the fracture. Dr S. Smith, resident surgeon at the hospital, concurred with Dr J. H. Pestell.

Elizabeth Slater, wife of the deceased, deposed that he came home between 7 and 7. 30 on the night of June 25. His face was covered with blood. She said " What have you been doing?" He replied. " That is the wedding party for you. " She placed him in a rocking chair and bathed his face. After this she asked how he got injured, and deceased replied "That's Joe. " She put him to bed with his clothes on and he slept until 11. 30 next morning. He was then taken by the police to the hospital. Deceased said to one of the police, "Joe and Jack Parsells hit me. " On the evening of the same day deceased returned from the hospital. Deceased repeatedly said "Joe did it. " During the following week deceased went to work, and several times got drunk. During the first week in July deceased complained of his head, and on July 6 remained in bed all day. On the next day he became unconscious and, at Dr J. H. Pestell's suggestion, was removed to the hospital.

J. J. Barry, of the Royal Hotel, deposed that on the night of June 25 deceased was at his place between 6 and 7 o'clock, and was partly intoxicated. Noticed no marks of violence on his face then. There was a dispute between Joseph Slater and deceased about a drink, and Joseph Slater pushed or hit him, and deceased fell backwards on the floor through the door into a passage. Witness lifted him up, opened the door, and put him out on the footpath. Deceased could not stand, and would have fallen if witness had not prevented him. Tried to shake him up but he slipped out of witness' arms and fell on the footpath in a sitting position and then rolled over, face downward. Lifted him up again and he walked into the passage and said "I want to go home. " Opened the back door of the passage and Parsells and witness saw him by the back way into Wedge street. Deceased shook hands and wished them "Good night" and walked towards his home quite steadily. Did not notice any blood on deceased when witness picked him up, but when taking him along the passage saw some blood on his face. Did not think deceased received the injuries to his head by falling on the footpath. The men in the room were in a better position than witness to say whether deceased was struck or pushed.

At this stage the enquiry was adjourned for a week to admit of necessary enquiries being made by the police.

The enquiry was resumed at the courthouse yesterday morning, before Mr Andrews, J . P. Mr Godwin appeared to watch the case for the licensee of the Royal Hotel. Dr J. a. Pestell (re-called) deposed that he had examined the brain of the deceased and found that there was no disease sufficient to account for death. Was still of the opinion that the fracture of the skull was caused by a blow from outside on the eye in an upward direction. Was of the opinion that there had been two blows - one from the front and the other from the side. The injuries to the forehead could have been caused by a fall on the footpath or on some foreign body. The blow which caused the fracture could have been given by a man's fist, but not by a hard foreign substance.
Dr R. B. Duncan deposed that he saw the deceased in the hospital ward on July 7. He was then, unconscious and breathing stertorously. Made a post mortem, examination and found that the brain was slightly congested. Found a fissure fracture of the frontal bone. In his opinion the cause of death was-(l) Fracture of the floor of the frontal bone; (2) haemorrhage, induced by the fracture. In the opinion of the witness the fracture, extending as it did to the cavernus sinus injured that structure and induced the bleeding; in the first instance the haemorrhage was slight and the leakage was temporarily stopped, but owing to some exciting cause secondary haemorrhage took place immediately prior to deceased's unconsciousness and by its presence in the brain was the cause of death. The injury which caused the fracture could not have been caused by the deceased having fallen on the footpath in a sitting position and then rolling over. The fracture was caused by direct violence applied just above the eye. The injury could have been caused by a blow from a fist. Dr J. H. Pestell (re-called) deposed that at the post mortem he removed that portion of the skull including the fracture and left it in charge of Dr Smith, the resident surgeon at the hospital. At the time of the fracture a slight haemorrhage took place at the seat of fracture, and some days afterwards secondary changes occurred, which led to diffusion of blood, which was the immediate cause of death.

Dr. Smith, resident surgeon of the Kyneton Hospital, deposed that he made a postmortem, in company with Dr. J. H. Pestell. Agreed with Dr. Pestell's conclusions, which were in accordance with witness's previous ideas. Deceased was brought first to the hospital on June 26. He was quite sensible then, and exhibited the wounds described by Dr. Pestell. The face was covered with blood, but apparently there was no fracture of the skull. The injuries had been inflicted within 24 hours of the examination. There was a good deal of swelling round the right eye. Deceased did not say how the injuries had been caused. Thought deceased had got into a row and had been fighting. The injury to the eye could have been caused by a blow from a fist. The fracture found at the postmortem could not have been found by the examination made when deceased was admitted to the hospital. Sent deceased to bed, as he was suffering from the effects of drink. Deceased left the hospital of his own accord about 5 o'clock in the afternoon of the same day. Deceased came to the hospital on the following day, or the second day, and had his head dressed. Next saw deceased when he was brought in again on July 7, about 3 o'clock. Deceased was then unconscious, and died three or four hours after without regaining consciousness, The marks on deceased's face on June 26. Deceased was paralysed on the right side when last admitted.

Charles Skidmore, labourer, residing at Kyneton. deposed that he knew the deceased. Remembered Monday, 25th June last. Was at the Royal Hotel that night about 7. 15. As he went in at the side door saw deceased fall across the passage from the bar parlour. Deceased, as he lay in the passage, had his feet in the bar parlour. -- Mr J. J. Barry picked him up, led him out into Piper street, and told him to go home. Slater staggered, and fell on the footpath. Mr Barry caught hold of him, and broke his fall. Slater came down in a sitting posture, and then rolled on the pavement. Mr Barry lifted him up, and be fell again, towards the gutter. Witness then went into the bar, leaving Barry, deceased, and Edmund Barry outside. Saw P. Keogh, P. Corby, Joe Slater, and John Parsells in the parlour. A man named J. McCarthy was in the bar, and W. Ryan was either in the bar or the parlour. Heard nothing about any quarrel. Saw deceased again in the passage two or three minutes afterwards. He was with Mr. Barry and Parsells. The only remark deceased made was that he wanted to go home. Did not notice any marks or blood on deceased's face when he was picked up in passage. When witness saw deceased in the passage the second time there was blood on his nose. Did not speak to any one present about deceased falling in the passage. Did not see any person strike, push, or ill-use deceased. Had not told any person that he (witness) had seen deceased ill-used. Did not remember saying next day that if it had been anyone else but Tom Slater he (witness) would have interfered, as it was shameful the way he was being knocked about. Had spoken to his father about that night, but to no one else except Sergeant Beck. Did not say to any one that he (witness) saw Barry strike deceased or chuck him out. Had not spoken about this case to Mr Barry since Monday last.

Patrick John Keogh, labourer, residing near Green Hill, deposed that on the 25th June last he was at the Royal Hotel about dusk. Saw deceased at the hotel about 7 o'clock, in the bar parlor. Others in the room were those named by the witness Skidmore. Saw deceased fall on the door of the room, but did not know what caused him to fall. Deceased fell without any interference from any person. Deceased was annoying everyone present by his conduct, but was not quarrelling. Deceased fell in- side the room and no portion of his body was in the passage. Mr J. J. Barry picked [de]ceased fell again, this time through the door into the passage. Mr. Barry picked him up again and took him outside, and witness did not see him again. There were then no fresh marks on deceased's face when witness last saw him. Did not see any one strike deceased, but it was possible he might have been struck without witness seeing it done. Believed that deceased deliberately threw himself down, expecting that his brother was about to hit him.

John McCarthy, labourer, who was at the Royal Hotel on the night in question, and who saw the deceased there, deposed that Barry put deceased out through the bar door. Some time later deceased came into the bar parlour. Saw Mr Barry pick deceased up off the floor of the room, and take him into the passage. Did not see deceased again. Some-one in the room said "Joe hit him," explaining how deceased fell. Saw Joe Slater standing about 6ft. away from deceased. Did not see any person strike or push deceased. Patrick Corby, labourer, another of those who were at the Royal Hotel on the night of June 25, stated that the company present (whose names have been given in previous evidence) objected to the presence of deceased. Joseph Slater gave deceased a push. No one made any personal remark respecting deceased, and witness thought that deceased was not wanted there, as he was making himself objectionable. One of those present told deceased to sit down and be quiet. Thought Joe Slater rose on his feet and gave deceased a push. Was not prepared to say that Joe Slater did not strike deceased-It was a push with both hands. Could not remember exactly what took place. No one else touched deceased before he fell except his brother Joe. was "pretty near perfectly sober. " No one of the company was the worse for drink, but all had " a few. " Could not remember whether Joe Slater struck or pushed his brother, or whether he made any remark when striking or pushing. Could not remember whether he (witness had spoken to anyone regarding the events of that night. Had spoken to J. Parsells about it, but could not remember what was said.

William Ryan, farmer, Lauriston, deposed that he saw deceased at the Royal Hotel on the night of July 25. Deceased was on the floor and Joe Slater on the sofa. The latter got up and went towards deceased, saying " Clear out and go home. " Deceased then fell backwards on the floor. Thought Joe Slater got within a yard of deceased. Did not see Joe Slater touch deceased, as the former's back was turned towards witness. Mr Barry picked up deceased and told him to go home, taking him into the passage. Did not hear anyone say during the evening "Joe hit him. " A few minutes afterwards saw Mr Barry taking deceased along the passage. Mr Barry treated deceased very kindly. Did not hear deceased make any remark when going along the passage.

John Parsells, Kyneton and Black Hill, remembered being at the Royal Hotel on the evening of June 25 in company with other persons named by previous witnesses. Deceased was there too. There was no dispute. All that happened was that deceased staggered towards his brother Joe, who pushed him and told him to keep away. Deceased went down backwards on the floor. Joe Slater merely placed his open hands on deceased's chest and pushed him away. Joe Slater walked towards deceased before pushing him. Was certain Joe Slater did not hit deceased. It might have been a blow, but from where witness was it appeared to be a shove. Did not have any one say, "Joe, hit him. " Mr Barry put deceased into the passage, and sometime after called witness to help to take deceased away. Barry and witness each took hold of one of deceased's arms, and they led him into Wedge street. Deceased then shook hands and bade witness and Barry " Good night. " The time would be about 7. 30. Did not hear deceased say "I'll make it hot for some of you. " When deceased was picked up in the room there were no marks on him. When witness next saw gun there was blood on his nose. The only persons who touched deceased were Joe Slater, who pushed him, and Mr Barry Who picked him up. Never spoke to deceased after that night. Never told any one that Joe Slater struck deceased, but it might have "slipped out" unknown to him.

Edward Stephens, bootmaker, evidence to the same effect as Charles Skidmore in respect to deceased falling down in Piper-street. He did not hear any remark by deceased. Mr Barry and Parsells did not go out into the yard with deceased when taking him home. Parsells might have gone with deceased, but Barry did not It was not true, as sworn to by a previous witness, that Barry and Parsells went out of the passage with deceased. Was quite sure that no one ill-used deceased. Saw a little blood on his face.

Chas. Skidmore (re-called) admitted having told Sergeant Beck that he heard deceased say, "I'll make it hot for some one over this. " He had not heard deceased say that, and this statement to Sergeant Beck was not true.

J. J. Barry (re-called) deposed that he put the deceased out at the back as did not want to have him arrested. Took him into the yard and thence into Wedge street. Deceased followed witness back into the passage after witness had put him out the first time into Piper-street. Did not hear deceased say," I'll make it hot for some one for this " either on the night of the 25th June or the following night when he came into the bar. Asked deceased what was the matter and he replied, " Oh, I'm blessed if I know; I was knocking about the street last night. " It was not true that he had left deceased at the back door; took him into Wedge-street.

Constable Tennant deposed that on the night of June 23, when on duty, he saw deceased at the corner of Wedge and Piper streets, at a few minutes past 7 o'clock. This was on the opposite corner. Deceased came along Wedge-street and went home. Saw him go to his own door and knock. Saw him about 10. 30 that night, when Mrs Slater called witness in and said she thought her husband was dying. Deceased was in bed and appeared to be in a drunken sleep. took him to the hospital in a cab. Deceased said his brother and Parsells had "done it "the night before. At the hospital deceased repeated his statement that his brother and Parsells had assaulted him. Did not see him again until on his removal to the hospital when he was able to speak.

Joseph Slater, wood carter, Black Hill, was cautioned that he need not give any answers which would incriminate himself, he deposed that deceased was his brother, Were in company together at the bar parlour of the Royal Hotel on the night of June 25. There was no disturbance. Deceased staggered towards witness, who put his hands to prevent deceased falling on him. Deceased fell on the floor, and Mr Barry picked him up and took him outside. Witness did not get up and take a step towards deceased before pushing him. Any evidence given that he did so would be untrue. Did not strike deceased. Was not on speaking terms with deceased- It was not true that there was any dispute between witness and deceased about a drink. Had not spoken to any person whatever about his death. William Rees heard several of those in the room tell deceased to be quiet. Did not see deceased fall in the room, nor did he see Mr Barry pick him up. Saw Mr Barry take him by the shoulders and take him out through the passage door, and tell him to go home as he was making too much disturbance.

This concluded the evidence. Mr Andrews recorded as his finding at the deceased, Thomas Slater,died from fracture of the upper wall of the orbit in the skull on the right side, and the immediate cause of death was secondary hemorrhage from the effects of the fracture, but no direct or sufficient evidence was given as to the cause of such fracture.

The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900) Sat 30 Jun 1894 Page 2 An Explanation.
An Explanation.

(To the Editor of the Kyneton Observer. )
Sir,-A statement has appeared in your contemporary to the effect that a brother of mine, Thos. Slater, was at my wedding, and in a quarrel there received injuries which caused his removal to the hospital. All I have to say is that the paragraph was written in error from first to last. My brother was not at my wedding, nor was there any quarrel there. The wedding was not at my house, but at my sister's residence. Trusting that in justice you will insert this. -I am, etc. , MRS. JNO. PARSELL.
<https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/240881142 7079,7080,7081

picture Thomas SLATER [3632]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1839 - Liverpool, Lancashire, England 7082
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Thomas SLATER [1325] (1809-1873) 
         Mother: Sarah SHANNON [1324] (1807-1859) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Ellen CUNNINGHAM [9588] (Abt 1839 -       ) 2474 
       Marriage: 21 Oct 1861 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia 2474
         Status: 

Notes
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Thomas and Ellen were married at the Albert Street Baptist Church in Melbourne. Thomas's parents are given as Thomas and Sarah nee Shannon. Thomas's snr's occupation is given as farm labourer. Ellens parents are given as Peter Cunningham and Mary Reynolds and Peter's occupation is given as hand loom weaver. Both Thomas and Ellen were said to have been born in Manchester England and witnesses to the marriage were Samuel Slater and Lucy Slater.

picture Thomas SLATER [1325]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 24 May 1809 - , Lancashire, England 7083
    Christening: 2 Feb 1812 - Liverpool, Lancashire, England 7083,7084
          Death: 22 Jun 1873 - Mansfield, Vic, Australia 7085,7086
         Burial: 

Events

Occupation: CARPENTER.

He emigrated on the ship Frances which arrived on 28 Nov 1841 in NSW, Australia.

Residence: 30 Islington Street, 1859, Collingwood, VIC, Australia.


Parents
         Father: Benjamin SLATER [4090] (Abt 1761-1837) 1664 
         Mother: Elizabeth WORRALL [4091] (Abt 1783-1845) 55 

Spouses and Children
1. *Sarah SHANNON [1324] (1807 - 27 Feb 1859)
       Marriage: 7 Oct 1829 - Liverpool, Lancashire, England 55,6895
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       Children:
                1. John Benjamin SLATER  2475 [1307] (Abt 1830-1907)
                2. Elizabeth SLATER  2475 [3629] (Abt 1831-1906)
                3. SLATER  2475 [7506] (Abt 1833-Bef 1859)
                4. SLATER  2475 [7507] (Abt 1834-Bef 1859)
                5. SLATER  2475 [7508] (Abt 1835-Bef 1859)
                6. Joseph SLATER  2475 [3631] (1837-1916)
                7. Thomas SLATER  2475 [3632] (1839-      )
                8. Samuel SLATER  2475 [3634] (1842-      )
                9. Benjamin SLATER  2475 [3635] (1845-1906)

Notes
General:
carpenter and listed as a millwright on his wife's death certificate. On one sons death certificate Thomas is listed as a Millwright and on another he is listed as an Engineer.

Thomas and Sarah sailed to Australia on the Barque "Frances" which sailed from Liverpool and arrived at Port Philip on 28 November 1841 with 97 people on board. Thomas and Sarah's children John 11 who was christened 4 August 1830 at Manchester Cathedral, Betty 9, Joseph 3, and Thomas 1 were also on board. Thomas's could read and write and his occupation is given as carpenter and the shipping record states that they were imported by Messrs Heape and Grice.

It has been thought for many years that Thomas died in 1877 in Kyneton, however this proved to be the wrong Thomas, so after extensive searching hope was given up of finding Thomas's death

In a last ditch effort to track down Thomas's death, I posted on an Australian Genealogy Facebook site about my frustration and with the help of a member of that Facebook Group (Joy Powney), the details of a Victorian inquest were found that was held in June 1873 into the death of a Thomas Slater, who died at the Mansfield Hospital, 10 days after falling down the stairs at the Mansfield Hotel. It would appear that this is the correct Thomas Slater, however, a death certificate cannot be found. The date of death is given as 22 June 1873 at the Mansfield Hospital. According to the inquest papers, Thomas was a millwright/carpenter born in Liverpool who had been in the colony for about 20 years and had sons in the colony. One of those sons was working at *Dry Creek. Although this son is not named, it is stated in the papers that he was notified of his father's fall but declined to attend his father in hospital.

June 23rd 1873 proceedings of inquiry held upon the body of Thomas Slater Mansfield received at the Crown Law Office June 28th 1873.

A magisterial enquiry held at the Mansfield Hospital on the 23rd June 1873 touching the death of one Thomas Slater who died at the hospital on the 22nd June 1873 - Henry Hambelton Kitchen Esq, a Justice of the Peace in and for the ???? Settlement District of Mansfield.

Upper Goulburn District
Mansfield Police Station 23rd June 1873

Const. Michael Linehan 1908 reports for the information of the Supt. that he made diligent enquiries about the deceased Thomas Slater and ascertained that he was a native of Liverpool and had been about 20 years in the Colony. He was a milwright by trade and has several sons in the Colony one of them is in the employment of Mr Pemberton at Dry Creek near Mansfield and word of his fathers state was sent to him 10 days before his death. He declined to come to see him and as the whereabouts of his other sons is not known, no intimation has been sent to them - the deceased had been only a few weeks residing in Mansfield. Michael Linehan Const. 1908.

William Lyons on his oath stated as follows:- I am groom at the Mansfield Hotel. I knew deceased by the name of Slater - on the 7th Inst about midnight I saw deceased going up the stairs to the bed room he was by himself. He suddenly staggered and said "steady old man". A constable was with me of the name of Carbelt (?) and almost immediately he fell backwards on the back of his head. I went to his assistance with others. His head was battered and he was carried upstairs and put into bed. He told me he was 64 years of age - has a son at the Dry Creek. I know nothing more about him. I believe him to be a carpenter. He was able to walk up the stairs as far as he went back appeared ?? intoxicated - he used to speak of a stone that he flattered very much. I have seen it two or three times (?), He fancied it he said he found it at Dry Creek - it appeared to be a crystal ????? this I do not know if he had any property . Mr Slater was not ??? in a ??? it was like a lump of quartz stone. William Lyons.

Samuel Reynolds on his oath stated - I am a legally qualified medical practitioner and in charge of the Mansfield Hospital. On Tuesday the 10th June inst deceased was brought to my house for admission into the Hospital. He was admitted in due course through the result of falling downstairs at the Mansfield hotel. On the Saturday night previous the 7th inst he complained of pain in the head was rambling and incoherent in his speech and was suffering from low fever. From a reaction from what I should suppose to be concussion of the brain - symptoms increased in severity to the 22nd inst when he died - I know nothing of the man or his antecedents.

I consider deceased to be about 65 years of age. There was no marks of external violence on the head or body - my opinion is he died from concussion of the brain - he fallen as described would produce such concussion of the brain - he had all the symptoms of concussion of the brain - from the first time he was brought to me. His brain was effected - as an instance he said he was born in Victoria which could not have been according to his age - his conversation generally was rambling and incoherent as already described. Samuel Reynolds.

At an enquiry held before me this day tracking the death of Thomas Slater I am of [the] opinon that his death was caused by concussion of the brain in consequence of a fall down the staircase of the Mansfield Hotel. H W Hambleton JP Mansfield June 23 1873

According to a representative of the Mansfield Shire Council, there is no record of Thomas being buried at Mansfield, Bonnie Doon, Jamieson or Merton cemeteries. April 2017

*Gold first found in Hell's Hole Creek (the steep upper reaches of Tallangallook Creek) in 1851. The diggings were for a short time called 'Wilkenson's'. In 1860, Hell's Hole Creek was rushed for about four miles down from its source, with digging confined to the creek bed and banks. Glen, Dry, and Brankeet creeks also formed part of the Hell's Hole diggings. The creeks were largely deserted by the end of 1861. In the late sixties and early seventies, Hell's Hole Creek again received attention and gave steady returns to sluicers. Hell's Hole Creek was little mentioned in the records of this period, and it seems likely that it was included under the general designation of Dry Creek. The Dry Creek area thrived during the early"mid eeighteenseventies, with Chinese miners in the majority. Alluvial mining was on the wane by 1877, as reef prospecting on the highlands proved successful.

In 1888, Hell's Hole Creek was renamed Tallangallook Creek. Quartz mines came and went, and a small handful of persevering alluvial miners persisted along the creek into the 1890s. A Sludge Board inquiry in 1906-7 found that hydraulic sluicing, without elevation, had been carried out for years in Tallangallook and Dry Creeks. These activities presumably continued. Records show that sluicers were active on Dry and Glen creeks during the 1930s, and some mining is likely to have occurred on Tallangallook Creek at that period.

References: Department of Mines Annual Report, 1907, pp. 74-6
Flett, J., The History of Gold Discovery in Victoria, Poppet Head Press, Melbourne, 1979 pp. 120-21 Mining Surveyors' Reports (Kilmore Division), January 1861; (West Buckland Subdivision), August & October 1861; (Jamieson Subdivision), March & September 1867; (Jamieson North Subdivision), September 1869; (Dry Creek Subdivision), June 1874, September 1888 Wylie, A., Gold in the Shire of Mansfield: An outline of the smaller discoveries, Mansfield Historical Society,
1987, pp. 5, 8, 22, 24

picture Thomas SLATER [12907]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1681 - Worthenbury, Wales, England
    Christening: 
          Death: 28 Mar 1734 - Worthenbury, Wales, England
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *Eleanor CARTWRIGHT [12908] (1683 - 1759) 1604 
       Marriage: 17 Jan 1711 - Hanmer, Wales, England
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Benjamin SLATER  1604 [12574] (Abt 1726-1807)

Notes
General:
Thomas was a glazier

children
Anne Slater 1712-
Thomas Slater 1721-
Samuel Slater 1724-1725
Benjamin Slater 1730-1807

picture William James SLATER [3456]



      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1863 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia 7087
    Christening: 
          Death: 27 Jun 1925 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia 7060,7088,7089
         Burial: 30 Jun 1925 - Kyneton, Vic, Australia 7060

Parents
         Father: John Benjamin SLATER [1307] (Abt 1830-1907) 2475 
         Mother: Caroline JOHNSON [1306] (Abt 1835-1909) 

Notes
General:
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tue 30 Jun 1925 Page 17 KYNETON.
KYNETON. The dead body of William James Slater, aged 67 years, was found by his nephew, Patrick Parsell, on Saturday in the bush about half a mile out from his home at Langley, near Kyneton. An inquest was held on Monday by Mr. D. McLennan, J.P., deputy coroner. The medical evidence found that death was due to blood pressure caused by disease of the kidneys. A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned.

picture Charlotte SLEETH [5643]

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1. *Walter Hamilton EBERY [5642] (       -       )
       Marriage: 
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       Children:
                1. Violet May EBERY [831] (1903-1986)


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Allan SLIEDELL [2217]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Abt 1927
    Christening: 
          Death: 1984
         Burial: 1984 - Bunyip, Vic, Australia

Spouses and Children
1. *Patricia Jean COLLIHOLE [2165] (Abt 1929 - 17 Feb 2013)
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Leslie SLIEDELL [2222]
                2. Julie SLIEDELL [2223]


picture
Julie SLIEDELL [2223]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Allan SLIEDELL [2217] (Abt 1927-1984) 
         Mother: Patricia Jean COLLIHOLE [2165] (Abt 1929-2013) 


picture
Leslie SLIEDELL [2222]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Allan SLIEDELL [2217] (Abt 1927-1984) 
         Mother: Patricia Jean COLLIHOLE [2165] (Abt 1929-2013) 


picture
Darren Steven SLOAN [2472]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Paul James CAULFIELD [2456] 
         Mother: Margaret Frances SLOAN [2464] 


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Margaret Frances SLOAN [2464]

      Sex: F

Spouses and Children
1. *Paul James CAULFIELD [2456]
       Children:
                1. Darren Steven SLOAN [2472]


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Henry SMALL [7198]

      Sex: M
AKA: Harry SMALL
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     Birth Date: 
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Spouses and Children
1. *Elsie Eveline HOLMAN [7182] (1889 - 1945)
       Marriage: 1932 2065
         Status: 


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John SMALLBONES [4089]

      Sex: M

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1. *Alice [?] [4325] (       -       ) 54 
       Marriage: 
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       Children:
                1. Mary SMALLBONES  55 [4086] (1741-      )


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Mary SMALLBONES [4086]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1741 - , Berkshire, England
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: John SMALLBONES [4089] (      -      ) 55 
         Mother: Alice [?] [4325] (      -      ) 54 

Spouses and Children
1. *William CHANDLER [4085] (1736 - 1824) 1664 
       Marriage: 1 Feb 1762 - Burghfield, Berkshire, England 1682
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Mary CHANDLER  1673 [8173] (1762-      )
                2. Thomas CHANDLER  55 [4072] (1766-1847)


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James SMART [5847]

      Sex: M

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1. *Sophia PARTRIDGE [5848] (       -       ) 4365,6144 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Mary Ann SMART [3942] (1839-1902)


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Janis S SMART [4462]

      Sex: F

Spouses and Children
1. *Leslie J MUNT [3029] (1946 - Bef 2013)
       Marriage: 
         Status: 


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Mary Ann SMART [3942]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1839 - Bozeat, Northamptonshire, England 7090
    Christening: 3 Dec 1843 - Bozeat, Northamptonshire, England 7091
          Death: 1902 - Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, England 7091
         Burial: 

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Residence: High Street, 1881, Grendon, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 45 Wood Street, 1891, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: James SMART [5847] (      -      ) 
         Mother: Sophia PARTRIDGE [5848] (      -      ) 4365,6144 

Spouses and Children
1. *Edward HOLLAND [1315] (1809 - 1 Jan 1883) 4373 
       Marriage: 25 Dec 1864 - Irchester, Northamptonshire, England 4379,4380
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Frederick Edward HOLLAND [5846] (1869-1945)


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Emily Margaret SMEDLEY [11630]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1869 - Kilmore, Vic, Australia 7092
    Christening: 
          Death: 10 Dec 1936 - Bacchus Marsh, Vic, Australia 7092
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *William Macpherson WILSON [11507] (1865 - 30 Nov 1945) 789 
       Marriage: 1888 - , Victoria, Australia 7092
         Status: 


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Jillian Marie SMEDLEY [2482]

      Sex: F

Spouses and Children
1. *Shane David CAULFIELD [2480]


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Joseph SMEDLEY [11633]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1861 - Kilmore, Vic, Australia 7093
    Christening: 
          Death: 22 Jul 1950 - , Victoria, Australia 7093
         Burial: in Yarra Glen, Vic, Australia 7093

Spouses and Children
1. *Janet WILSON [11504] (1861 - 1935) 789 
       Marriage: 1886 - , Victoria, Australia 7093
         Status: 


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SMITH [6175]

      Sex: M

Spouses and Children
1. *Mary Isabella SULLIVAN [5334] (11 Feb 1927 - 3 Jul 1990) 4162 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Eileen SULLIVAN [8439]
                2. Julia Hannah SULLIVAN [8440]


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SMITH [9123]

      Sex: M

Spouses and Children
1. *Noeline SULLIVAN [2046]


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Addison Jean SMITH [8122]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Trevor Douglas SMITH [37] 
         Mother: Jesse CRIGHTON [8115] 


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Amity Violet SMITH [9415]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Trevor Douglas SMITH [37] 
         Mother: Jesse CRIGHTON [8115] 

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